Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pastel Perfect

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pastel Perfect

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Byline: HOMES With Andrea McLean

IAM a romantic at heart I love old movies, and will happily sit up into the wee hours once the kids have gone to bed, watching films where immaculately dressed women prepare dinner while wearing heels and an impossibly tight dress.

These women simply whipped off their pinny, gently patted their perfect hair and they were ready to be whisked off in an American convertible to a club where handsome men held open doors, and drinks came in martini glasses and champagne flutes.

In that perfect world, everything matched, from the candy-coloured kitchens to the fluffy carpeted bedrooms. Nothing was ever out of place.

As a girl whose biggest longing was to have furniture that matched, I grew up watching these films, and one day vowed that I would have a home like them.

Fast-forward a few years - and you will never find me wearing a pinny and heels while making dinner, but I still get a kick out of the perky pastels of that bygone era.

Maybe not in every part of my life, but at home there is always room for little pockets of perfection.

IN any other style a yellow sofa might not be a great idea in your home, no matter how much you love the colour.

But combining a cool, stripped-back appeal with wooden floors and side tables, this pretty shade takes on an edgy air - not an easy thing to do for something the colour of hazy sunshine.

Capri large yellow sofa PS499, Stockholm lamp PS99, Miami coffee table PS79, bookcase PS99, retro mugs and saucers PS12 (set of 4), teapot PS10, geometric cushion PS12, grey print cushion PS8, multi triangle cushion PS8, red tealight PS3.50, blue tealight PS3.50. All Tesco Direct TEA and cake is such a lovely experience, and little things like presenting your prowess at baking (or ripping open a box!) makes them look all the more delicious.

| Pastel three-tier cake stand PS18, storage jars PS22 (set of 3), cups and saucers PS22 (set of 4). All Next THIS is a great gift for someone who is constantly late either for you, for work or for school. I like it because it would look great in any room, not just for beside the bed of lazy bones. …

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